University of California
San Diego has built a prototype laser to search for cracks inside rail lines,
the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. UC San Diego engineers are preparing to
test an experimental laser that looks for the kind of cracks inside railway
lines that are responsible for many of the 130 or so derailments that occur
nationwide each year.
Nordco Inc. has named Bill Straub President of the company's newly formed Equipment Services Business Unit. Nordco Equipment Services incorporates the company's Rebuild and Repair group in Oak Creek, Wis., and J.E.R. Overhaul in Arcola, Ill.
The Metro Gold Line
Extension is on track for a June 26 groundbreaking. But there's still some
major business to be worked out to make sure the project, funded with $810
million in voter-approved dollars, is not derailed, the San Gabriel Valley
Amtrak is urging the
Federal Railroad Administration to be bold and unambiguous in its vision for
the future of the national rail system, including the Amtrak network, as it
develops a long-range National Rail Plan (NRP).
The South Florida Regional
Transportation Authority will launch its first-ever Bicycle Locker Program at
Tri-Rail's West Palm Beach Station, beginning on June 14. There are 18
perforated-sheet, steel lockers that will be available, designed to accommodate
two bicycles per modular unit, with a diagonal divider and separate door
entries on either end (providing 36 individual spaces available for use).
The MBTA board has approved
a deal that allows the state to purchase a section of railroad track to expand
commuter rail service from Worcester to Boston through Ayer, but passengers won't
be able to travel that route any time soon, the Telegram and Gazette reports.
Adams County, Miss., Board of Supervisors wants the Miss-Lou, including
Jefferson and Franklin counties, to exert as much effort as possible to save
the rail line that comes from Brookhaven into the Natchez port, the Natchez
Democrat reports. Board President Darryl Grennell said the supervisors will
take the lead in setting up meetings with the area's federal congressional
representatives to see what can be done on the federal level, and he wants
representatives from the other local entities to participate.
from Union Pacific Railroad, the City of Harlingen, Texas, and Cameron County plan
to reduce blocked crossings by streamlining railroad operations at the Union
Pacific rail yard in downtown Harlingen.
The Illinois Commerce
Commission has given approval for the removal and replacement of a bridge over
the Rock River and the Illinois Railway tracks at Morgan Street in Rockford. The
existing bridge was constructed in 1916 and carries Morgan Street over the Rock
River and the Illinois Railway tracks. The structure was reconstructed in 1956,
but a bridge condition report issued in 2000 recommended total replacement. Included in the proposal submitted to
the Commission by the City of Rockford were plans to consolidate the Illinois
Railway tracks with the Chicago, Central and Pacific Railroad line near the
bridge project in order to improve safety and reduce costs to the railroads. The
rail consolidation plan will also allow for the retirement of the Illinois
Railway Bridge across the Rock River upstream from the Morgan Street Bridge.